Norwegian song writers and composers expressed their worries about the high level of Swedes in the Norwegian selection for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Swedes can be found behind 12 of the 18 songs, while NRK received 585 songs for Melodi Grand Prix 2006.
Philip Kruse, who wrote the lyric of Mata Hari in 1976, said that the amount of Swedes is “unacceptably high in this year's national selection” and that this is an “embarrassment”. He suggested NRK to work more closely with the music industry to avoid a majority of Swedes in the national selection.
Among the song writers and composers in the Norwegian national selection are Swedes Thomas G:son, Frank Ådahl and Danne Attlerud.